in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item


Late last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law SB13-070, a measure that will require state agencies to buy alternative fuel vehicles as a part of their usual replacement programs.

The state began mandating the purchase of flex-fuel and hybrid-electric vehicles in 2008, outlining that such acquisitions had to be executed if the alt-fuel vehicles were priced no more than 10% higher than the comparable gasoline- or diesel-powered models. In 2010, the requirement was refined to include plug-in hybrid EVs. None of these measures took a strong hold at the time, mainly because the incremental costs exceeded the threshold.

Now, the focus has shifted to emphasize the purchase compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and vehicles that operate on "other alternative fuels" (presumably liquefied natural gas and propane autogas) in lieu of flex-fuel vehicles and EVs.

The bill, which was sponsored by State Sen. Gail Schwartz and Reps. Ray Scott and Max Tyler, also provides an exemption if refueling infrastructure is not readily available. Policy-makers have until November 1 to specify exactly what "availability of adequate fuel and fueling infrastructure" means, and the state must also define a path toward making alt-fuel infrastructure more robust in Colorado.

View the bill that the governor signed HERE.

Related Stories
Latest Top Stories

A Glimpse into the Global NGV Refueling Market

A new report examines and predicts the need for such refueling infrastructure.


Senate Panel Passes Bill With Alt-Fuel Tax Credit Extensions

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved a tax extenders package, which includes key incentives for the alternative fuel industry.


Alt-Fuel Incentives Bill Shows Promise in Ohio

Nonprofit group Clean Fuels Ohio is optimistic that revamped legislation will ultimately become law.


Study: It 'Behooves' PA Fleets to Explore Alt-Fuel Options

A new study examines the opportunities for natural gas and propane as a transportation fuel in Pennsylvania.


Clean Fuels Program Survives Close Call in Oregon

The governor has ended negotiations for a transportation package, which included a repeal of the state's clean fuels law.